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kelleywpns

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Wiring KATO Switches
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:40:44 PM »
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I'm building a 28" x 48" Christmas themed portable layout that I have KATO Unitrack for.  It's going to be run on a MRC Prodigy Express DCC system.  Under the layout, I'll have an older Atlas transformer to use the AC terminals for building and street lights.


I'd like to wire the KATO switch machines so they can be thrown by a toggle switch instead of the KATO switches.  I do have the DC to AC adapter that KATO sells; but, since I'm not suing the DC output of the older transformer under the layout (just the AC for lighting), would it be possible to leave out the KATO adapter and run the switch wires from the turnout, through the toggle switches and directly to the DC terminals?


Thanks for your help.

Mike
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Re: Wiring KATO Switches
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2014, 05:36:33 PM »
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Yes

This link will show you how to wire the switches

http://www.fiferhobby.com/html/how_to_make_kato_turnout_contr.html

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Re: Wiring KATO Switches
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 02:16:40 AM »
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eja

Worked like a champ.

Thanks

Mike
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Re: Wiring KATO Switches
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 09:23:05 PM »
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kellywpns, yes you can by pass the Kato turnout selectors and the Kato AC to DC converter with the use of a fixed DC source and monetary toggle switches. Just make sure the DC power your using doesn't exceed the recommened voltage of the Kato turnouts. The Kato AC/DC is nothing more than a DC bridge circuit with a couple of diodes inside that changes the AC over to DC so using a DC voltage eliminates the need of having to use one of those convertors.                                          Rick
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Re: Wiring KATO Switches
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 12:35:20 AM »
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eja

Worked like a champ.

Thanks

Mike


Glad to help..

Ed Anderson